Obituary for New Jersey Holstein Breeder William Pettis, Sr

Everyone at Cowsmopolitan wishes to pass along our most sincere condolences to the family of New Jersey Holstein Breeder William Pettis, Sr., who left this earth on November 1st.

Obituary for New Jersey Holstein Breeder William Pettis, SrWilliam H Pettit, Sr. of Juliustown, NJ passed away  at 90 years old on Tuesday, November 1st 2016 on his farm surrounded by his family.

Born in Rancoas, NJ, Bill was a left handed pitcher and batter and was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia A’s. He served in the US Army Air Corp during WW II and attended Rutgers University. He and his wife, Dorothy operated a 206 acre dairy farm known as Huff ‘n Puff farm in Springfield Township.  Bill served on the planning and zoning boards, the township council and the local school board and was Mayor for eight years.

Bill is a former National Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the National Holstein Association and past president of the New Jersey Holstein Association. He also served as the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Farm Bureau for 16 years, and was a former member and chairman of the AFBF Dairy Advisory committee for 14 years.  He served as chairman of the Burl Co., Ag Development Board for 25 years preserving over 20,000 acres. Former president of the NJ Board of Agriculture, member of the NJ Ag Development Committee and trustee of the NJ Ag Society. He served as the First Pioneer Farm Credit Board for 27 years and a member of Executive Committee. Bill and Dorothy were former 4-H Dairy Club leaders for over 12 years.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Stevenson and four sons: Dr. William H Pettit, Jr., DVM (Carolyn), Southhampton Twp., James P. Pettit (Pam), VA, Christopher B. Pettit, Dover, MN., and Joel S. Pettit (Sarah), several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 2 pm., at Huff ‘n Puff Farm, 452 Juliustown-Georgetown Rd., Juliustown, NJ. Friends may visit the family on Saturday from 12:30 pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers contributions in Bill’s memory may be may to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Michael Millenson, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly, NJ.